Happy Friday the 13th !
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As anyone who hasn’t spent the last 2,000 years on Mars, in a cave, under the rock, with fingers in their ears already knows, Friday the 13th has a long history of being considered unlucky.
The phobia of number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia, and although
urban legend says that even Hammurabi code (1790 BC) omits the 13th paragraph, this is not really true (just Google it if you doubt).
Fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia and according to Wikipedia, there is no evidence for this superstition before 19th century (wild west time):
“… there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in an 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini:
[Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died.
However, the reports of number 13 (only the number, not the whole Friday the 13th story) being unlucky are very old.
Ancient Greece had 12 olympian gods, in Norse mythology Loki, one of the most negative of the Norse gods, came uninvited to a party of 12 at Valhalla, a banquet hall of the gods.
There he caused the death of Balder, the god of light, joy, and reconciliation.
Remember Jesus and his last supper? There was 13 of them there. Remember Knights Templar? It was Friday, October 13, 1307 when they were eradicated by Philip IV of France.
For more on the subject, check out A Brief History of Friday the 13th by Time magazine.
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